Trojans Tripped by Tigers in 18-13 Road Loss
March 3, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - USC women's lacrosse freshman attack Caroline de Lyra nearly single-handedly kept the Women of Troy (3-3) in a game against Princeton (2-1) on Sunday, March 3, at Class of 52 Stadium. The first-year Trojan scored eight goals and picked up an assist as USC fought to stay with the Tigers before an 18-13 loss on the road. De Lyra's eight-bagger is tied for third most in a single game by an MPSF player and makes her just the fifth player in conference history to reach that mark.
Freshman attack Paige Bonomi added a pair of goals while freshman attack Caroline Cordrey, freshman midfield Amanda Johansen, and freshman midfield Haleigh Dalmass scored one goal, each. Cordrey led the team with a pair of assists while Johansen had the other of USC's four assists in the game.
Johansen had team-high honors with seven draw controls and picked up two ground balls. Defensively, the Trojans were led by freshman Courtney Tarleton's three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Freshman defense Kelsey Dreyer also picked up three ground balls. In goal, USC got a full 60 minutes from freshman Liz Shaeffer who picked up six saves and added two ground balls to her final line.
For Princeton, Mary-Kate Sivilli led the way with five goals. Erin McMunn and Anya Gersoff each had three goals apiece, and Charlotte Davis, Jaci Gassaway, and Alexandra Bruno scored twice, each. Sarah Lloyd topped all players with six assists on the day while McMunn had four helpers.
The Tigers scored first as Sam Ellis put one past Shaeffer, but de Lyra went to goal unassisted and found the back of the cage to square the score at one-all. Princeton went on a short run and pulled out to a 4-1 lead as Lloyd found Sivilli and Gersoff on back-to-back Tiger possessions. Princeton had de Lyra marked throughout the first half, but she was able to score, unassisted, at the 19:48 mark to get USC within two goals at 4-2.
Princeton continued to press as Lloyd orchestrated two more goals to nab a 6-2 lead for the Tigers. De Lyra took advantage of what the defense gave her to score her third and fourth goals and get the Trojans within two points, again, at 6-4. She then dropped a pass off for a Bonomi goal at 14:15 that cut the USC deficit to just a point at 6-5. Dalmass went hard to the goal to earn a free-position attempt at the 7:54 mark that tied the score at seven all.
McMunn broke the tie with one of her goals, but de Lyra scored her sixth goal of the half at 5:38 to tie the score at eight all. After some defensive stops kept the score knotted for three minutes, the Tigers scored back-to-back goals to close the first half and take a 10-8 lead into the halftime break.
USC struck first to open the second stanza and trailed by just a goal for nearly five minutes into the second half, but Sivilli's free-position goal at the 24:38 mark started a 10-minute run through which the Tigers outscored the Trojans, 5-1, to create a 15-10 lead. Johansen scored on a pass from Cordrey and de Lyra put two more goals in the books to get the Trojans within three goals at 16-13 with just under seven minutes left in the game. The Tigers held fast to keep USC off the board and got a goal from Sivilli to hold a four-goal lead with five minutes remaining.
The Trojans fought to close the gap, but Davis' goal at 19 seconds left in the game sealed their fate in an 18-13 loss.
USC heads back to the West Coast to take on MPSF foes UC Davis (March 6) and Stanford (March 8) on the road. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.